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Data thieves look for unprotected devices, and those that do not use encryption are easy targets.

Malware & phishing

These types of attacks are common, and it’s difficult to avoid them without protection.

Identity theft

If you don’t use security software, you might end up getting your login credentials stolen.

Ad manipulation

It is easy for advertisers to influence your behavior if you expose all your browsing habits.

ISP tracking

Without a VPN, your internet provider can collect & sell your data to advertisers.

Price discrimination

Online businesses might show you higher prices if they see you are in a more affluent city.

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Benefits of using a VPN on your Apple TV

Benefits of using a VPN on your Apple TV

Want to feel safe? A Virtual Private Network (VPN) allows you to protect your privacy and secure your devices. With this, you can watch Netflix, Disney Plus, Hulu, and many other streaming services knowing you’re safe.

Want to stay fast? In addition to privacy, a VPN can help you avoid throttling (slowing down your connection) by your internet service provider.

3 ways to set up a VPN on Apple TV

Method 1: Set up a VPN on a router for your Apple TV

  1. Step 1. Make sure your router is compatible with a VPN. If it’s not, you can use firmware to change that!
  2. Step 2. Install a VPN client on your router. Surfshark has guides for Asus, DD-WRT, and Tomato routers.
  3. Step 3. Pick a server location and turn the VPN ON. Make sure it works by looking up your IP on Google!

Confusing? It’s ok! For a more in-depth explanation on how to install a VPN your router:

See our guide

Method 2: Set up a virtual router with a VPN for your Apple TV

Note: this method will only work with Windows computers

  1. STEP 1. On your PC or laptop, navigate to the TAP adapter settings in your Network & Internet section.
  2. STEP 2. Configure your VPN adapter to allow sharing.
  3. STEP 3. Turn your VPN and then your Wi-Fi hotspot ON. Now you can connect your Apple TV to the hotspot.

If you want an easy to follow step-by-step explanation that will make it a breeze:

Check out our guide

Method 3: Set up smart DNS on Apple TV

Note: Smart DNS doesn’t give you other VPN features like security and privacy. It just makes your DNS requests appear as they come from somewhere else. This way, no one knows at a glance where your device is.

  1. STEP 1. Sign in to your Surfshark account. New here? Signing up will only take a minute!
  2. STEP 2. On the My account page, you will see the option to turn on the Smart DNS feature. Click Activate!
  3. STEP 3. You’ll get an email once your Smart DNS is ready. 
  4. STEP 4. Find the “Configure DNS” section in your Apple TV’s settings and enter your Smart DNS manually.  You’re good to go!

Not sure about enabling Smart DNS on your TV? Don’t worry – we’ve also got a detailed guide for that. It will make the setup a walk in the park.

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Unlimited bandwidth for private streaming

Any content you like, you can stream using a VPN. Our amazing, RAM-only servers with 1 Gbit ports won’t slow you down. Enjoy unlimited bandwidth, no buffering, and absolute privacy when streaming with Surfshark.

Disclaimer: Surfshark does not encourage using a VPN in any way that would potentially violate the Terms of Service of streaming service providers.

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You can set up a router or smart DNS on ALL Apple TVs:

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Frequently asked questions

Can you use a VPN with Apple TV?

You cannot set up a VPN directly on your Apple TV, but there’s a workaround.

You can set up a VPN on your router, and therefore protect all your network devices – plus, enjoy the same benefits that smart DNS provides. You can find all the setup guides in this article.

What VPNs work on Apple TV?

VPNs that work on Apple TV are VPNs that:

  • Can be set up on your home Wi-Fi router.
  • Work on Windows to set up a virtual router.
  • Have a smart DNS feature.

Surfshark is compatible with all of these methods. Aside from unlocking content, it also has many privacy and security features.

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